Diet in the Age of Bliss

The human being, created as a miniaturized form of the universe, will be able to reach peace as far as it can understand the laws of creation and apply the principles of healthy and proper living. It would be seen that humans are healthy and peaceful and how easily have balance so long as they live according to the lofty sunnah. When they are out of this circle of life, their becoming ill will be a preference for himself. Because the human organism was created perfectly (ahsan-i taqwim) and equipped…

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Najran Christians

People of Najran city (southwestern Saudi Arabia started to embrace Christianity through Hannân (Hayyân) who traded with Hira (Iraq) in the 5th century. Najran became the main center of the Eastern Church in South Arabia with taking refuge of Monophysites fleeing the persecution of Byzantine Emperor Justinian between 527-565. In 523, the Himyarites who had accepted Judaism seized the city and exerted violent pressure and forced the Christians there to change their religion. Many Christians who did not give up their beliefs were thrown into fire-filled trenches and burned alive.…

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Imam Nursi and the issues of iman

Dr Muhammed Mustafa / University of Khartoum, Sudan The role played by Imam Nursi in the field of Islamic propagation was, and still is, a very important and significant role. It is reported in a sound hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that Allah (SWT) will bring to this ummah every century an outstanding scholar in order to renew the iman (faith) and religion. It is obvious that Imam Nursi was one of those scholars who did very well in this regard. When we look deeply at the time of…

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Scribble (Karalama) in Islamic Calligraphy

Mustafa YILMAZ The art of calligraphy is a branch of fine art mastered by means of its own methods and principles in a teacher-student relationship. Calligraphy is a challenging way that requires long, patient work and spirituality. Throughout the Islamic history, the education and training of the art of calligraphy has been carried out in a deep-rooted discipline. The most important feature of this art is that it is taught in master apprentice relationship. The calligraphy exercises which are composed of letters or words and the calligraphers do to accustom…

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We need a guide – the most perfect guide

In this day and age, human mind and heart roll about between good and evil in a dreadful, spiritual storm. We, our family, our friends and all others are in a great danger of losing the direction that goes to shore of safety. We have hesitations, uncertainties, whisperings of Satan and worries. Sometimes we feel like we are lost. We cannot decide which way to go. Sometimes we fall into despair and come to the point of surrendering to the whims of the lower self. We cannot take the right…

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A Proposal of An Alternative Student Education Programme

How should the instruction and education of the foundations and associations that have university students or high school students in their dormitories be like? Succeeding at school subjects, knowing one’s self, having deep knowledge of one’s own history and knowing the world are of course among the objectives. However, it is obvious that the good pleasure of Allah and education related to it should be the main objective and basis, and all the other studies and works should be correlated to that basis and be canalized towards marifatullah – the…

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